Machakos University has been closed indefinitely due to student protests over insecurity.
According to a memo issued today by University Vice Chancellor Lucy Irungu, the university’s closure is in the best interest of security of the students and the staff.
“Due to the evolving insecurity situation around the university and the ongoing students’ demonstrations a special meeting convened on 7th December 2022 resolved that in the interest of the security of staff and students, The university be closed with immediate effect. This is therefore to inform all students to vacate the university premises with immediate effect. Further communication will be made in due course.”
In the past few weeks, there have been a number of reports of serious insecurity incidents affecting residents and university students.
Students’ protests were sparked by an incident in which a student was stabbed and robbed by thugs on the outskirts of the university.
Students engaged police in day-long running battles in Machakos town, barricading the Machakos-Wote road and pelting motorists with stones.
During the protests, one of the students sustained a gunshot wound and was admitted to Machakos level 5 hospital where he reportedly succumbed on the morning of Wednesday, December 1, prompting fresh violent protests.
The officer involved in the student’s shooting has already been arrested.
“They [the firearms] will be subjected to forensic ballistic analysis at the DCI national forensic laboratory to scientifically ascertain which firearms were misused while quelling the riotous students,” reads a statement from the DCI.